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32 Crochet Cape Patterns (Free!)

Learn how to crochet a stunning cape with one of our many free and elegant patterns from designers you love.

By: Julia Wiatr, Editor,
Updated July 02, 2020
32 Crochet Cape Patterns Free

Crochet capes are a delightful mix of shawls, cardigans, and ponchos. They can be made in many different styles and sizes -- from ones that wrap around your shoulders to hooded designs that drape over your back, reminiscent of a super hero's cape. 

Dress these designs up or down depending on your style -- you can make winter-ready cape patterns or light and lacy cape designs. Plus, they're so easy to make for your little ones to add a festive homemade touch to any holiday outfit. 

Take a look through this collection of 32 Crochet Cape Patterns and find your favorites. You'll find free crochet cape patterns for adults and children, as well as a variety of cape shawls and capes for dressing up. Once you see how many different kinds of cape patterns there are, we bet you'll add quite a few to your must-make list!

Crochet Cape Patterns for Adults

Drape yourself in warmth this fall and winter with these crochet cape patterns. These designs fit squarely around your shoulders, making sure you stay cozy in style! Choose your colors and your yarn weight and get crocheting!

Editor's Pick: Hooded Cabled Cape - I don't know which part of this cape is my favorite - the hood or the gorgeous cable running down the back of it. This pattern is on my list in a neutral-variegated color with greys and blacks!

  • Lacy Bell Crochet Capelet

    This easy crochet pattern is warm, versatile, and can be worn as a capelet or even as an oversized cowl on chilly days. It's a great way to add some color to your winter wardrobe!

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  • The Granite Cape

    The stylish collar instantly dresses up any outfit that you wear with the crochet cape, so go ahead and throw this on over a pair of jeans and a T-shirt before meeting your friends for brunch next weekend. 

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  • Hooded Cabled Cape

    The hood of this free crochet hooded cape pattern still has the cable running up the back. The cape also features 3 cables, one on the back, and one on each of the front edges. 

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  • Bahama Warmth Capelet

    A cute button of your choice gives this easy crochet pattern the perfect finishing touch! The red and green yarn colors also give this little cape a subtle Christmas look.

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  • Brave Vinga Belted Crochet Cape

    For a more relaxed layering look, this cape is equally as pretty without the belt. The finished project is light and breathable, meaning you can wear it over any outfit!

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  • Quiver Capelette

    The Quiver Capelette uses different height stitches for shaping, and back loop slip stitches for the ribbing at the neck. Plus, you can also add some chain loops for a few fun details!

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  • Night on the Town Capelet

    This Night on the Town Capelet is the perfect accessory for just that -- a night on the town! It's made in one piece with a lot of texture worked in the back loops only, and is great for beginners.

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  • Bewitching Braids Cape

    This Bewitching Braids Cape is made with super bulky yarn, meaning it will feel incredibly soft and warm when completed. With a beautiful black and white color scheme, this is a wonderful accessory to add some modern style to your wardrobe!

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  • Curvy Girl Cape

    If neutral tones and a figure-flattering design sound appealing to you, give this beautiful cape pattern a try!

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  • Spring Hooded Crochet Cape

    This crochet cape will be a cute accessory to wear anytime you go outside! Plus, the size can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing the foundation chain.

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Crochet Capelet Shawl Patterns

For added warmth with a fancier touch, try one of these shawl and capelet crochet pattern hybrids! These designs are a little lacier but still have the same cape features you came here for. 

Editor's Pick: Fur Frenzy Crochet Capelet - I never thought I'd be one for a fuzzy, furry design but there's something so cozy yet so luxurious about this cape! 

  • Lady Sybil's Lace Cape Shawl

    The Lady Sybil's Lace Cape Shawl is really quite simple yet classy as well. Made with fine weight yarn, it will feel light and breathable. Once completed, this easy crochet cape is sure to make you feel like royalty!

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  • Winter White Sashay Capelet

    This crochet shawl pattern, worked up in a simple and clean white, features a button at the neck to keep it from falling off your shoulders. It's a fabulous project for anyone who loves elegant crochet shawl patterns!

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  • Lacy Flower Capelet

    This fun and flirty shawl is the perfect crochet pattern to wear during the warmer months. Imagine how stylish this cute project will look once completed! It's perfect for crocheters who love spring or floral patterns.

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  • Elegant Capelet Crochet Pattern

    Both elegant and minimalist, this crochet wrap pattern is the perfect accessory -- quick and easy to make, even for beginners. You can wear this beautiful piece outside on a cool evening.

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  • Fur Frenzy Crochet Capelet

    Go ahead and wrap yourself in a lovely capelet that you made yourself and then sit back and look forward to the many compliments you'll receive on your Fur Frenzy capelet.

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  • Seamless Love Crochet Capelet

    The yoke of this capelet is worked in seamless crochet tile motifs and can easily be made into a scarf instead. Consider making this crochet cape to wear on your next vacation trip!

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  • Black Beauty Crochet Cape

    This black crocheted cape is a lovely layering piece to wear for the fall season. After creating your own cape, you can wear it to all of your fancy dress parties! Find out how easy it is to make.

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  • It's A Cowl Thing

    This crochet capelet pattern is a must-make for crocheters who loves vintage or luxurious-looking accessories. With a ruby color scheme, this easy-to-make pattern is sure to make any outfit appear dazzling.

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Crochet Capes for Children

Here, we have the same great cape patterns you love but sized for children! These cape designs are perfect for little fashionistas looking for that one-of-a-kind back to school outfit or for a cardigan-alternative for a family dinner or holiday party. 

Editor's Pick: Gold Leaf Capelet - I think my main draw is the gold-tinted yarn. I feel as though it adds an extra level of glam to this capelet that makes this design perfect for any occasion without being too flashy or fancy. 

  • Chic Little Cape

    This pattern is worked with the middle striped section first, then the top border, and lastly the bottom border. The finished cape project will be perfect for wearing outside every day.

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  • Ombre Cape Jacket

    Ombre or dusky colors would look great with this design but can be made in any color bulky yarn. If you love vintage-looking crochet patterns, then this kid's jacket is a must-make item!

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  • Rainbow Hero Cape

    This pattern is easy to memorize, so once you have a few rows done, you can just pick it up any time and get crocheting without having to follow along with the pattern.

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  • Girl's Chic Crochet Capelet Pattern

    Any child will love wearing this chic crochet capelet around the house! Made with soft pink worsted weight yarn, this crochet project will feel nice and lightweight -- perfect for wearing outside during the spring.

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  • Gold Leaf Capelet

    Because the sparkle of the yarn makes this look like a nicer crochet pattern, any child can wear this cape for special occasions or Sunday church. Made with super bulky yarn, it will feel soft and comfortable once completed!

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  • Dolly and Me Whimsical Cape

    Every little girl loves having the same outfit as her toy doll! This free pattern is easy and quick to make. This pattern has a video to help you understand the stitches used. This would be a perfect birthday gift for any little girl.

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  • Plaid Cape for Babies and Girls

    Plaid is one of my absolute favorite prints, and I love that you can crochet a plaid design into this sweet project!

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  • Princess Cape Coat

    Look at this adorable pattern and the cute border! This is a sweet accessory to dress up any outfit.

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  • Child's Capelet & Purse

    Your little girl will look as precious as she is to you when you make this lovely beginner crochet pattern for her. It's a quick project that will make any kid feel like a style superstar!

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Crochet Capes for Dress Up

And finally, for all those children who want to dress up as their favorite superheroes or princesses, these patterns are here to save your Halloween!  These cape patterns are more traditionally capes than what we've seen before, all long and flowy, and so they're perfect for dress-up time for play dates!

Editor's Pick: Super Hero Dog Cape - Not technically for children, I know, but how can I not think the tiny cape for little dogs is the cutest? This could be great for a joint-costume, your child and his or her trusty sidekick, the family dog!

  • Snow Princess Crochet Cape

    This Snoq Princess Crochet Cape is supposed to fit kids up to the age of six, and the neck can be adjusted to fit your child perfectly. Made with lightweight yarn, this beautiful cape will feel soft, breathable, and perfect for playtime!

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  • Snow Queen Crochet Cape

    The best part about this crochet pattern is that you can adjust the size for both the little ones that are openly obsessed and the older ones that don't want to admit it.

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  • Super Hero Dog Cape

    With this Super Hero Dog Cape, your pet can be part of the fun too! They're an easy crochet pattern for dogs that you can make yourself. Make one for all of your pets with this free pattern.

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  • The Red Riding Hood Cape

    Whether it's Halloween or playtime, this Red Riding Hood Cape will be an entertaining project to make and wear once completed. With such a stunning design, you'll be amazed at how easy it is to create!

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  • Super Hero Cape and Mask

    When you just don't know what to do during playtime anymore, this Super Hero Cape and Mask will come to the rescue. It's a quick and easy project to make playtime more exciting!

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